Event 280 – Riv’s Runners Pacing

Warrington Parkrun 280 – 13 April 2019

Report in Absentia

I had hoped to be able to bring you a tourist report from Maidstone this week but unfortunately a combination of family commitment (grandson’s birthday) and personal illness meant that I missed parkrun for the first time in 3 months. It is a shame because Maidstone Parkrun is a lovely run, out and back along the towpath of the River Medway. Perhaps, I can try again in a few weeks when we are back down in Kent for my granddaughter’s birthday (she runs as well!).
So just a brief report on what I can glean from Warrington’s results this week. It was a pacer event so thanks go to Riv’s Runners for performing these duties, especially to Paul Deeran and Sarah Branwood who both appear to have finished within 1 second of their allotted pacer times. Another of the pacers was Louise Blizzard, who, in 2 week’s time, will compete in the London marathon for the 25th time, only one other female athlete has competed on more occasions than that. I am sure the good wishes of the entire Warrington Parkrun community go with you, Louise. Also, good luck to any other Warrington runners who are taking part.
The run numbers remained high again this week with 548 crossing the finish line. Lots of PBs were again in evidence, most notable amongst our centurion runners, Helen Lennard in 29.23 (117 runs - 95 at Warrington) and, for the second week running, Stephen Read in 24.43 (124 runs - 121 at Warrington). Newcomers since mid-January now total 410 with 210 returnees (51%). Our most prolific runner today was Andy Mark Smith, 248 runs (103 at Warrington). Tourists appear to have visited us from Coventry, Whitstable, Hemel Hempstead, Horsham, Devon and Belfast.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 280
1st Chris May Jr.​16.18 (first ever parkrun!!!)
2nd David Watson ​17.15 (Holmfirth Harriers AC) – (best age group % - 84.15%)
3rd Craig Vernon​17.21 (new PB)
1st Alysha Goddard​19.13 (6th overall) – (3rd first place finish) – (Warrington AC) – (new PB)
2nd Orla Gregory ​19.22 (8th overall) – (Warrington AC) – (new PB)
3rd Louise Blizzard ​19.54 (11th overall) – (Warrington AC)
There were 548 runners of whom 281 were male, 244 female and 23 unknowns. There were 47 first timers of whom 32 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a parkrun newbie, incredibly, was by our winner today Chris May Jr. 140 of you achieved new personal bests, well done to everyone. 23 youngsters (11 boys and 12 girls) ran in the 10 and under age group, the youngest age group and Patricia Bate and Roger Pidcock in the 75-79 age group were our most senior athletes.
The 100 parkrun milestone this week was achieved by Pamela Moore 95 at Warrington) to qualify for her black t-shirt and the 50 parkrun milestone was achieved by Lee Norman (all at Warrington) to qualify for his red t-shirt. Not a specific milestone but also congratulations to Tim Brown on his 150th parkrun.
Aesthetically pleasing times were achieved by Tom Yates and Ian Wright both 26.26 and Geraint Williams 32.32 with Dennis Clark recording the extra special 33.33. On point times were achieved by Tom Wilbourn 20.00 and Dave Jackson 25.00.
Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington Parkrun Results Page.